Reflex Owner's Manual

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Reflex Owner's Manual pdf

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: November 08, 2011
: Ray Ferrell
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Reflex Owner's Manual - page 1
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Reflex Owner's Manual - page 2
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 2 !!! WARNING !!! Training and/or experience are required to lower the risk of serious bodily injury or death. NEVER use this equipment unless you have: a. Completed a “controlled program of instruction” in the use of this parachute assembly. And read and adhere to the information on the WARNING LABLE. --OR-- b. Read and adhere to the information on the WARNING LABLE and all appropriate owners/flight manuals plus have completed at least 100 ram air parachute jumps. Lower the risk of death, serious injury, canopy damage and hard openings by NEVER exceeding the limits shown on the warning label.* Warning labels may be found in the following locations: Ram-Air Parachute – center cell, top skin at trailing edge. Circular Reserve Canopy – next to nomenclature stamp. Harness/Container System – on back pad.* *ATTENTION PARACHUTE RIGGER: The rigger assembling the main and reserve canopies to this harness/container is responsible for filling in the information required in the data block, located on the back pad. Use only a waterproof, permanent marker.
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 3
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 3 REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual Third Edition, February 2002 Copyright 2001 DISCLAIMER – NO WARRANTY Because of the unavoidable danger associated with the use of the harness/container assembly, the manufacturer makes NO WARRANTY, either expressed or implied. The harness/container assembly is sold with all faults and without any warranty of fitness or purpose. Manufacturer also disclaims any liability of damages, direct or consequential, including personal injuries resulting from a defect in design, material or workmanship. By using this harness/container assembly, or allowing it to be used by others, the buyer WAIVES any liability of the manufacturer for personal injuries or other damages arising from such use. If the buyer decides not to waive liability on the part of the manufacturer, s/he may obtain a full refund on the purchase price by returning the harness/container assembly, before it is used, to the manufacturer within 15 days of the date of the original purchase with a letter stating why it was returned. WARNING Sport Parachuting is a hazardous activity that can result in serious injury or death. Parachutes sometimes malfunction, even when they are properly designed, built, assembled, packed, maintained and used. The results of such malfunctions are sometimes serious injury or death. The FAI/IPC Technical and Safety Subcommittee Congress research estimates that worldwide 245,162 jumpers made 4,848,025 jumps in 1992. 74 fatalities resulted that year, meaning the probability of dying on a skydive is approximately 1 in 64,091. It also seems that the more experienced a skydiver is, the less likely s/he is to be killed while jumping. Experts estimate that hundreds of people are also injured. Some of these deaths and injuries are the result of equipment malfunctions. If you use your REFLEX II™, or if you allow someone to use it, you are acknowledging sport parachuting risks and accept the fact that the REFLEX II™ or its components may malfunction. If you are not willing to accept the risks of sport parachuting, or if you aren’t willing to accept the possibility that your REFLEX II™ or it’s components may malfunction and perhaps cause you to become injured or killed, then you may return your REFLEX II™ for a full refund, before it has been used. Details on how to do this are printed above. Trident Harness and Container, Inc. 24390 Aviation Ave. Davis, CA 95616 info@ (530) 753-2650 / Phone (530) 753-8572 / FAX
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 4
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 4 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION Training Required Description of the REFLEX II™ Main Parachute System Reserve Parachute System Harness Design and Testing Technical Standard Order (TSO) Certification TSO C23(C) TSO C23(D) REFLEX II™ Certification Rigger Qualifications Second Hand REFLEX II™ Systems Components 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 2. ASSEMBLING AND PACKING THE MAIN PARACHUTE Introduction Assembly Pull-Out Pilot Chute 8 8 8 13 3. USER INFORMATION 4. DEPLOYMENT Main Deployment Jettisoning the Main Parachute Reserve Deployment 14 14 14 14 14 5. RIGGER INFORMATION Tools Required Deployment Type Limits of Damage and Webbing Wear Orange Warning Label Placard Data Industry Weight/Deployment Speed Limitations The CATAPULT™ Horseshoe Malfunction Extraction System 14 14 15 15 15 15 16 6. RESERVE PACKING INSTRUCTIONS Tools Required Components Reserve Packing Procedures 16 16 16 17 7. CYPRES INSTALLATION Cypres Installation Procedure 23 23 8. RESERVE STATIC LINE LANYARD SYSTEM Concept RSL Installation Procedure 24 24 24
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 5
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 5 1. INTRODUCTION Congratulations on the purchase of your REFLEX II™ harness container system! Our goal is to provide you with a quality system backed by the best possible customer service that consistently meets your requirements. Training Required If you’ve never jumped a REFLEX II™ before, or if you’re transitioning from other types of gear, be sure to receive instruction on its use from a certified instructor. This introduction should consist of a practice session in a suspended harness or on the ground where you practice both routine and emergency procedures. This manual is not a course on how to make a parachute jump. Nor does it contain the various regulations that govern sport parachuting and related activities. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure his/her REFLEX II™ is properly assembled, maintained, packed, worn and used. It is also his/her responsibility to seek out and obtain proper training before s/he uses it. The person who inspects and packs both the main and reserve parachutes must be qualified to do so. The owner of a REFLEX II™ should not loan it to another person without first determining that the person is fully capable of using it properly and safely. Finally, nothing in this manual is meant to discourage the reader from using the reasonable way. REFLEX II™ in a The information and specifications in this manual were in effect at the time of printing. However, we reserve the right to change the REFLEX II™ at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation. Description of the REFLEX II™ The REFLEX II™ is a modern, state of the art parachute harness/container system employing not only state of the art reserve deployment technology, but also the use of advanced aerospace composite materials in its design and construction. In addition to these features, only the finest quality construction and materials available in the industry are used in the REFLEX II™ harness/container system. The unique single pin externally mounted reserve pilot chute provides a clean, quick and easy launch, even under the most adverse conditions. Another standard benefit of this single pin design is it’s fully protected reserve ripcord pin. A new and innovative feature called CATAPULT™ has been developed for the reserve deployment system. This feature is intended to greatly increase the odds of a reserve deployment in the event of a “horseshoe” type malfunction of the primary reserve pilot chute. However, it is not a guarantee, in any way, that the reserve will deploy correctly. More on the CATAPULT™ system can be found in the rigger information section of this manual. Main Parachute System The main parachute system of your custom REFLEX II™ was built for either a hand deploy BOC or Leg Strap (standard harness only) or Pull-Out deployment. Refer to the applicable section pertaining to your deployment system. The main canopy may be jettisoned from the harness by it’s 3-Ring release system, used under a license agreement with the Relative Workshop, Inc..
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 6
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 6 Reserve Parachute System The reserve container will accept only ram-air reserve canopies. The REFLEX II™ is supplied with the unique “MOLAR-BAG”, a free-bag which features zero thickness where the closing loop passes through it, eliminating the need for any pull-up cord when packing the canopy into it. This also prevents any of the fabric from coming into contact with the closing loop. All REFLEX II™ systems are manufactured CYPRES ready. Harness The Harness is available in both articulated (ring system) and standard designs and is custom fit to the wearer. WARNING A harness that is either too small or too large for the jumper’s body size can affect safety and comfort during a parachute jump. If you are in question as to whether your harness fits properly, consult the Manufacturer or an FAA Master Rigger Design and Testing Design and testing of the REFLEX II™ was accomplished over a period of eighteen months, and has resulted in one of the most rigger friendly systems on the market. There is no additional sewing or tacking required to assemble the REFLEX II™ with canopies, and no special techniques are necessary to pack it. An FAA certified rigger with current skills should be able to assemble and pack the REFLEX II™ by following the instructions in this manual. We hope you will enjoy many years of trouble free skydiving with the purchase of your REFLEX II™. However, you must first fully understand how to operate and maintain the system in order to achieve the full benefits of it. Please read this manual thoroughly, cover to cover, before attempting to pack or use this equipment in any way. If, after you have read this manual, you find you do not fully understand any element, please consult a qualified rigger or a qualified instructor for operational assistance. You may also contact us with any questions you may have. We will always be glad to assist in any way possible. Technical Standard Order (TSO) Certification At present, there are six levels of TSO certification in use. There are systems built under TSO C23(B) in either low speed or standard category. There are systems built under TSO C23(C) in either category A, B, or C. As of 6/1/94, TSO C23(D) was implemented and TSO C23(C) was superseded. TSO C23(C) Parachute assembles shall be tested to minimum limits of persons 115 kg (254 lbs.) fully equipped, and up to 150 knots. TSO C23(D) Parachute assembles shall be tested to minimum limits of persons 119.7 kg (264 lbs.) fully equipped, and up to 150 knots. REFLEX II™ Certification The REFLEX II™ harness and container system is the first of its kind to be approved under FAA TSO C23(D). This assembly is limited to use by persons up to 124.7 kg (275 lbs.) fully equipped, and up to 150 knots. The upper weight limit was increased during testing in order to allow heavier jumpers a certified option for a harness and container system.
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 7
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 7 Rigger Qualifications In order to pack and maintain the REFLEX II™ reserve system, the Senior or Master Rigger must posses a BACK rating endorsement to their certification. However, since this system is dissimilar to old-style equipment, the rigger should be checked out for this style of system prior to certifying the REFLEX II™ for emergency use No certificated parachute rigger may: (e) Pack, maintain, or alter a parachute in any manner that deviates from the procedures approved by the administrator OR the manufacturer of the parachute; or (f) Exercise the privileges of his certificate and type rating unless he understands the current manufacturer’s instructions for the operation involved ANYONE who circumvents these instructions is in violation of FAR Part 65.129 and is therefore performing an illegal procedure. Second Hand REFLEX II™ If you obtained you REFLEX™ or REFLEX II™ second-hand from a private party, be sure it is airworthy before using it. Have a rigger or loft inspect it first. If you prefer, we will inspect your second-hand product. There is a nominal charge for this service. Components The REFLEX II™ comes complete with these components: Harness and Container Hand Deploy Main Pilot Chute Main Pilot Chute Bridle Main Deployment Bag Main Closing Loop Main Risers and Toggles REFLEX II™ Reserve Pilot Chute and CATAPULT™ system. Reserve Freebag and Bridle Reserve Ripcord Reserve Safety-Stow Reserve Toggles CYPRES Ready Container 3-Ring Release Handle Reserve Packing Data Card REFLEX II™ Owners Manual WARNING Only the REFLEX II™ reserve pilot chute system many be used with the REFLEX II™ harness and container system. DO NOT substitute any other pilot chute. Only the REFLEX II™ reserve molar freebag, bridle and CATAPULT™ may be used when packing a ram-air canopy into the REFLEX II™ harness and container system. Once you are sure you have these components, check to be sure the containers are properly sized for your main and reserve canopies. Refer to the TSO label on the inside of the reserve pin protector flap to determine the size of the containers. Refer to the REFLEX II™ compatibility chart to determine what canopies will fit in your REFLEX II™. Replacement components for the REFLEX II™ are readily available. For more information, log on to:
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 8
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 8 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that the reserve parachute be inspected, maintained, assembled and packed by an appropriately rated Senior or Master Parachute Rigger. Other countries may have similar regulations. 2. ASSEMBLING AND PACKING THE MAIN PARACHUTE Introduction The REFLEX II™ is compatible with almost every parachute in common use today as, the REFLEX II™ is available in a variety of main container sizes. Consult the manufacturer or your dealer to ensure the volume of your canopy is compatible with your REFLEX II™. Oversized or undersized canopy volumes may cause a pilot chute-in-tow to premature opening of the main container. This manual does not provide specific instructions on folding all the various main canopies on the market. That information must be obtained from the owner’s manual for the respective canopy. Assembly Step 1 Lay out the main parachute, flake canopy. Perform line continuity check, using canopy manufacturer’s instructions. Step 2 With the line check complete, attach the connector link to the risers in the correct manner (nose of the canopy on the front risers, tail on the rear risers). Make sure you have the risers installed properly Right and Left, note the RSL ring placement for verification. Step 3 Route the steering lines through the guide rings on the rear risers. Step 4 Route the steering lines through the grommets in the main steering toggles from the bottom and out the top. Align the mark on the line with the grommet. Fasten the line to the toggle with what is commonly called a bowline knot and secure the running end with an overhand locking knot. Make sure the toggle is secure and will not slip. Step 5 Attach the risers to the harness making sure you have the left risers on the left and the right riser on the right (see 3-Ring Assembly Instructions). Step 6 Next, attach the main bag to the canopy as follows (Figure 2-1): a. Route the end of the main bridle down through the grommet in the top of the bag, through the canopy attachment point (loop or ring), then back through the grommet. b. With the loop end through the grommet, pass the pilot chute back through the loop, then pull the knot down through the grommet and tighten the know around the canopy attachment point. Step 7 Install rubber bands on the bag.
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 9
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 9 Step 8 Set the deployment brakes on each side by pulling the control lines down through the guide ring (Figure 2-2) . Insert the stiffened upper portion of the toggle through the loop and pull it back up tightly against the guide ring. “S”-fold the slack between the toggle and the brake-set, and stow in the Velcro loop provided. Mate the Velcro on the toggle with the Velcro on the riser (Figure 2-3). Step 9 At this point, refer to the directions provided by the canopy manufacturer for flaking and folding the canopy. After flaking and folding, the canopy should resemble Figure 2-4 (Be sure the slider is up as far as it will go against the canopy) Step 10 Stack the canopy in “S” folds as shown in Figure 2-5, keeping the slider up against the canopy and keeping the slack out of the lines. The stacked canopy should be 3-4 inches wider than the bag. Step 11 Pull the bad down onto the canopy. Try to fill the corners and sides of the bag to distribute the bulk evenly and avoid forming a lump in the middle (Figure 2-6). Step 12 Make locking stows using the suspension lines to close the mouth of the bag. There are four locking stows (Figure 2-7). During this part of the packing procedure, ensure that the rubber bands used on the locking stows are strong and in good condition. During deployment, when the canopy is lifting off the jumper’s back the weight of the canopy inside the bag comes to bear on these locking stows. A broken line stow could result in an out-of-sequence deployment.
Reflex Owner's Manual - page 10
REFLEX II™ Owner’s Manual 10 Step 13 Pull the bridle out of the top of the bag until the metal ring of the canopy is seated against the grommet of the bag. Be sure there is no canopy fabric between the ring and the grommet. Stow the lines in the locking stows. Now stow the remaining suspension lines across the bottom of the bag using the rubber bands at each end. Leave 18” to 24” of un-stowed lines between the bag and the connector links. Step 14 Lay the risers in the “trough” between the sides of the reserve container and the riser cover, and place the connector links in the lower corners (NOT against the reserve trey – see Figure 2-8). Place the bag in the container with the lines stowed towards the bottom. This position is important; if the lines are stowed towards the top (towards the reserve), it may be more difficult for the pilot chute to extract the bag. (Figure 2-9) NOTE: If your REFLEX II TM is equipped with a PULL-OUT Pilot Chute, skip to STEP 27 Step 15 Thread the pull-up cord through the closing loop. The bridle should be routed to the upper right hand corner of the main container. Thread the pull-up cord through the #2 sub flap grommet and pull the loop through as shows in Figure 2-10. Step 16 Close the right side #3 flap, then the left side #4 flap in the same manner. Insert the curved pin through the loop and remove the pull-up cord SLOWLY to avoid damaging the loop. Attach the bridle Velcro to the tab on the sub flap. (Figure 2-11)
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